By Bob Negele
A recent article in the New York Times is outlying how the 2013 model year for cars will be different than the past. The list of cars off show room floors for 2013 includes more than a dozen well known models and two full brands.
Perhaps the most notable, the 63 year old car company Saab will be dismantled. Saab has been engaged in a lengthy bankruptcy process. Between the bankruptcy and other legal problems, Saab will no longer be manufactured.
A quick search of www.saab.com confirms this and now links only to the official parts manufacturing wing of the once great car company. For those interested, the website also has links to official press releases about the status of the bankruptcy case, and other information regarding the demise of the car manufacturer.
Some of the cars that are being removed are high-end elite cars that rarely grace the streets. For example, Aston martin DBS “Aston’s top model- save for the horsepower Vanquish coupe and convertible. Like James Bond bidding farewell with a sly wink and raised martini, the DBS exits in style.”
Others are more common to us. We’ve been inundated over the past few years with commercials for the Dodge Caliber and the Jeep Liberty, but both are no more.
Similarly, when many people hear of “Kia,” they think of the “Sedona.” But the Sedona is no more. As the article describes, “Kia’s stylish hip-hop hamsters would steer clear of the Sedona, the South Korean Automaker’s bland entry in the minivan market. A more cutting-edge replacement, based on the KV7 design study, is planned for the 2014 model year.”
Many have heard of the ultra-exclusive Maybach. But after this year, we will probably be hearing less of about it.
One of the most innovative cars of the past few years, the Tesla Roadster, is also on the chopping block. “A two-seater based on the Lotus Elise, with zero-emission electric power train for scintillating performance, the Roadster made electric cars cool. But the travel range was limited and the price topped $100,000. Having made its mark with the Roaster, Tesla has turned its attention to the more affordable Model S sedan.”
While it may be sad to see some of these cars go this year, it is probably a good sign. The auto industry has been very slow to catch up to the ever evolving tastes of customers.
A car company cannot keep all of its models while creating new ones to match the preferences of consumers. If we want cheaper cars with better fuel efficiency, we need to be prepared to watch some of the other models go.